If upon an inspection or investigation the department finds that there has been a
failure to comply with a mandatory standard that is applicable to the mine, but that
the failure to comply has not created a danger that could reasonably be expected to
cause death or serious physical harm in the mine immediately or before the threat
of the danger can be eliminated, it shall determine what would be a reasonable period
of time within which the violation should be totally abated and issue a notice fixing
a reasonable time for the abatement of the violation. If, upon the expiration of the period of time as originally fixed or extended, the
department finds that the violation has not been totally abated and if it also finds
that the period of time should not be further extended, it shall also find the extent
of the area that is affected by the violation. The department shall order the operator of the mine to have all persons in the area
to be withdrawn from and excluded from entering the area, excepting the following
persons whose presence in the area is necessary to abate the violation described in
(1) a person whose presence in the area is necessary in the judgment of the operator
of the mine to abate the violation;
(2) a public official whose official duties require the official to enter the area;
(3) a legal or technical consultant or a representative of the employees of the mine
who is a person qualified to make examinations or is accompanied by a qualified person
and whose presence in the area is necessary, in the judgment of the operator of the
mine, for the proper investigation of the conditions in the area.
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